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The Handbook of Intergroup Communication

1st Edition

Edited by Howard Giles


410 pages

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The Handbook of Intergroup Communication brings together research, theory and application on traditional as well as innovative intergroup situations, exploring the communication aspect of these groups.

The volume is organized into four domains – cross-disciplinary approaches to intergroup study; types/processes of communication between groups; communication between specific group types; and arenas in which intergroup communication takes place. Editor Howard Giles worked with an internationally-based advisory board to develop and review content, and the contributors included here represent those scholars doing innovative and well-regarded work around the globe.

The "intergroup" umbrella integrates and transcends many traditional conceptual boundaries in communication (including media, health, intercultural, organizational); hence the Handbook will appeal to scholars and graduate students not only in the core area of intergroup communication itself, but across varying terrains of study in communication and beyond, including intergroup relations and social psychology.


"The Handbook of Intergroup Communication provides the reader with a concrete understanding of intergroup communication. The book is not only awealth of information on the micro level but also an effective blend of applications that facilitate one’s understanding on the macro level; and it is both of these together that demonstrate the complexity of intergroup communication and its ubiquity in our society." -- Vann Morris, Journal of Communication

"…The Handbook of Intergroup Communication provides a comprehensive and engaging account of this field of research. Moreover, the Handbook offers a good sense of not only where the field has been but also where it may be profitably headed." -- George B. Ray, Journal of Language and Social Psychology

Table of Contents

I: DIVERSE APPROACHES Social psychological approaches to intergroup communication (IGC) Sociolinguistics and intergroup communication (IGC) Ethnographies and IGC Discursive psychology and IGC Sociological perspectives on IGC Eclectic methodological and theoretical integrations II: COMMUNICATIVE PHENOMENA AND PROCESSES Accommodating and nonaccommodating messages Language attitudes, nonverbals, and stigma Hate speech and stereotypic talk Powerful and silencing messages Multilingual choices as intergroup Terrorism as communication Negotiating and reconciling intergroup conflict Interethnic contact and peace Intergroup e-communication III: SOCIAL GROUPS AND COMMUNICATION Between-genders communication Communication between gays, lesbians, and straights Youth-adult & younger-older adult communication Communication between the generations Interability communication: Physically challenged-able-bodied Police-civilian interactions Inter-gang rivalries, cliques, and social aggression Inter-religious communication IV: APPLIED DOMAINS AND COMMUNICATION Health-related Educational-related (incl. Greek & inter-discipline) (Other) Organizational The family as an intergroup arena Sporting Performing Arts (Music & dance) Print media, TV, and the movies. Epilogue

About the Editor

Howard (Howie) Giles is Professor of Communication at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He has served as Chair of the Communication Department and as the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies in the College of Letters and Science. Prior to UCSB he was Chair of Social Psychology and Head of Psychology at Bristol University. His research interests revolve around the study of intergroup communication in different domains (interethnic, gay–straight, between-gender, physically challenged–ablebodied people), and his current interests focus on intergenerational communication and lifespan aging from a cross-cultural perspective.

About the Series

ICA Handbook Series

The ICA Handbook Series is a joint venture between the International Communication Association and Routledge. It is a series of scholarly handbooks that represent the interests of ICA members and help to further the association’s goals of promoting theory and research in the communication discipline.

These handbooks serve as benchmark summaries of current communication scholarship and set the agenda for future theory and research in the communication discipline. The series includes handbooks that consider content areas in communication research, methodological approaches to communication research, and theoretical lenses for scholarship in communication. The series volumes attempt to cross sub-disciplinary boundaries to address timely problems of international scope, not just representing different areas of the field but bringing them together to focus on intersecting problems and research interests. Such problems may be formulated as topical concerns (globalization; democracy; gaming and virtual environments; gender and sexuality), theoretical approaches (social cognition; critical studies), or matters of communication in general (communication theory across cultures; communication history).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
PSYCHOLOGY / Interpersonal Relations
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology